Gen­eral Flynn and the strate­gic deficit

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY NIKOS KONSTANDARAS

Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence about this, af­ter which the lat­ter re­peated Flynn’s lies in pub­lic. The ex­tent of Flynn’s deal­ings with Rus­sia and Turkey is not known, but it is clear that if he had not re­signed he would have re­mained, at least, a for­mer strong sup­porter of Turkey. On Novem­ber 8, Flynn had pub­lished an opin­ion piece in The Hill, a Wash­ing­ton-based po­lit­i­cal news­pa­per, ti­tled “Our ally Turkey is in cri­sis and needs our sup­port.” Flynn ar­gued that the United States should ex­tra­dite the self-ex­iled cleric Fethul­lah Gulen, whom Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan claims was be­hind the failed coup in Turkey last July. “We should not pro­vide him safe haven,” Flynn wrote of Gulen. “In this cri­sis, it is im­per­a­tive that we re­mem­ber who our real friends are.” On Wed­nes­day, The Hill’s ed­i­tor added a note to the piece, clar­i­fy­ing that the news­pa­per did not know that Flynn had been paid to write it, nor that the draft had been shown ear­lier to a Dutch com­pany, Inovo BV, which, the note said, is “owned by a Turk­ish busi­ness­man with ties to Turkey’s pres­i­dent.” The As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported that ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ments filed, Flynn, who was then a top aide to pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Trump, met in Septem­ber with the Turk­ish min­is­ters of for­eign af­fairs and en­ergy. The co­op­er­a­tion ended in Novem­ber, and though it is dif­fi­cult to be­lieve that Flynn was paid half a mil­lion dol­lars for one op-ed piece, we can­not

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